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Women in Mining UK Announces New Executive Appointments

By 27/01/2022News

London – 27 January 2022: Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) is delighted to announce Dr. Stacy Hope, Head of the Global Outreach Committee, has been appointed Managing Director of the organisation, and an Executive Director of the WIM UK Board, effective 4 February 2022.  She follows Alex Buck, Managing Director, whose three-year term concludes. Alex will continue to be a WIM UK volunteer, working on the fifth edition of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) publication.

In addition, the following executive appointments are also announced:

  • Aymone Schendel, Head of the Events Committee, will take on the additional role of Deputy Managing Director
  • Augenija Di Bucci and Mariana Granziera have been appointed co-Heads of the Global Outreach Committee
  • Jo Birch has been appointed co-Head of the Partnerships Committee, alongside Calliope Lalousis

Commenting on the appointments, Carole Cable, Chair of WIM UK, said, “ I would like to welcome Stacy as the incoming Managing Director.  As the recent Head of the Global Outreach Committee and a WIM UK volunteer since 2013, Stacy has been part of WIM UK’s growth and is an excellent choice to lead WIM UK as it expands its advocacy activities into influencing policy to bring about transformative change in gender equality.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Alex for her commitment and dedication to WIM UK, in her capacity as Managing Director, over the past three years.  Under her leadership, WIM UK has continued to grow and mature as an organisation, broadening its partnerships, consolidating the success of the world-renowned WIM100, expanding its initiatives to include the Women on Boards bursary programme and the Metals and Mining Finance scholarship with Imperial College London, and increasing WIM UK’s volunteer base.”

Alex Buck added, “It has been a privilege to lead WIM UK over the past three years and a pleasure working with the Executive Committee and wider volunteer teams on our various initiatives to improve gender diversity within the mining industry. I’d like to thank them for their support and am proud of what we have achieved together.

“I wish Stacy all the very best as she takes the reins to lead WIM UK to the next level. As a long-serving volunteer and expert in developing and implementing ESG programmes through a gender lens, I believe there is no one better suited to succeed me in this role. I look forward to working alongside her on the WIM100 as we launch the fifth edition this year.”

Notes to Editors:

Dr. Stacy Hope has more than 14 years’ experience working as an International Development Specialist and Strategic Advisor on areas surrounding gender, natural resources, renewable energy, social impact investment, disaster risks and climate resilience, and large national and international infrastructure development projects across the commercial, public and multilateral sectors. She is currently consulting and advising various United Nations agencies, and sits on the advisory boards of the UTU Social Impact Investment Fund and Actions for the Development of Africa where she focusses on the interface between large-scale mining investments and gender transformative community development aligned to the UN SDGs and ESG standards. She is also advisor on a geothermal energy project in Turkey, and is the former ESG Director at Africa-focussed strategic advisory firm, Africa Matters Limited.

Aymone Schendel has over 20 years of experience working in both corporate and institutional settings around the world, including Hong Kong, Washington DC, and London. She currently divides her time between two well-respected mining organisations: she is Head of Relationship Management at the Natural Resources Forum, where she is in charge of managing the Forum’s speaker line up, sponsor relationships, digital webinar production and marketing operations as well as managing the Oxford Mining Club’s networking events, sponsorship and membership base.

Jo Birch is an experienced and skilled Project Manager (PMP) and Senior Project Consultant responsible for providing Project Management and technical desk- and field-based input to a wide range of UK and international projects (primarily within the mining sector) as part of a multi-disciplinary project team. Jo also has key experience in business management, business development and client relationship management; and is passionate about mentoring, diversity & inclusion, and mental health in the workplace.

Augenija Di Bucci is well versed Commercial Manager with extensive experience in Commodities Sales and Marketing, having worked for over 16 years at global mining group BHP, managing sales and sustainable long term supply partnerships with key business partners in EMEA, CIS, Americas regions. Most recently Augenija joined a large producer of manganese ferroalloys, Satka Group, where she is managing procurement of raw materials and global ferroalloys sales. Augenija believes that diverse and inclusive environment is a key foundation for successful business and long lasting cooperations.

Mariana Granziera is a Manager at Kumi, where she works across our portfolio, with a particular focus on commodity supply chains advising midstream and upstream companies. Having worked across Latin America, Africa and Europe, Mariana has significant experience developing ESG policies and corporate commitments, as well as developing and implementing management systems. She also has performed several on-the ground ESG due diligence assessments. Her background in business, economics and development, combined with her professional experience, is reflected in her pragmatic and business-oriented approach advising our clients. Prior to joining Kumi she was a Senior Analyst at Sancroft International where she led a number of projects supporting global brands to improve their social and environmental performance. She also worked in sustainable finance at the IFC, Itaú Bank and Global Canopy. Mariana is a Brazilian national and works in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Outside of work, Mariana enjoys rock climbing and trail running.

About Women in Mining UK
WIM UK is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. We offer a suite of programmes and initiatives to progress women’s professional goals and career aspirations, from university all the way to Board level. These includes a scholarship programme with the Camborne School of Mines and Imperial College London, internship programme, partnership with Women on Boards UK, and numerous networking, educational and mentoring events.  WIM UK publishes thought leadership articles and research as well as the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100), which celebrates women’s contribution to the mining industry and identify inspirational role models to encourage future generations of women to consider mining as a career choice.

For more information about joining WIM UK, please visit our website:

Women in Mining UK contact
Ariadna D. Peretz
Head of Communications
T: +44 (0) 7488 495 969